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GuideLTA Player Guide65LTA Player Support TeamSimon Jones: Head of Player SupportLeon Smith Head of Men's TennisNigel Sears Head of Women's TennisMartin Weston: Junior Men's Tennis ManagerIain Bates Junior Women's Tennis ManagerLouis Cayer Performance Programmes and Doubles Team LeaderAndrew Lewandowski Head of Talent ManagementChris Harwood Lead Sport PsychologistKarl Cooke Performance & Player Support ManagerMax de Vylder Research & Development ManagerMichael Turner Chief Medical AdvisorRob Hill Senior Physiotherapist

66LTA Player GuideLTA The LTA is committed to removing the barriers that prevent equal participation and access to tennis at the highest level, through providing professional and financial support to high performance players. The varying levels of support aim to help players reach their potential and are dependent upon a player's age and progress. To ensure a transparent and fair process, the LTA has created a series of measures for the allocation of funding, as well as the granting of wildcards and other selection processes. The LTA uses a Player Matrix to measure and determine which players are eligible to receive funding.Team AEGON players receive the highest level of support from the LTA as well as financial support in the form of programme funding and international travel assistance (ITA). They also have access to our highest level of tennis and technical support which includes strength and conditioning training, sports science, sports medicine, psychology and nutrition.AEGON FutureStars are players aged 18&U who receive funding based upon the LTA Player Matrix. The funding goes towards squad sessions, individual training, strength and conditioning, and court costs in order to help to reduce the cost of a player's programme, and is paid directly to the performance centre where the player is training. ITA is also available to those players of 12 years of age who are playing at the level of an 'A' matrix player.The Tournament Bonus Scheme was launched in 2010 and aims to reward those players competing in Futures, Challengers and ATP/WTA tour events. This scheme is open to all non-Team AEGON players, and supplements prize money that is earned at these events both in the UK and abroad. As well as providing player support, it aims to remove some of the financial barriers professional players may face as they strive to make a successful transition to the senior game.For more information go to www.LTA.org.uk/playersupport>LTA Player Support